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|Jadeveon Clowney didn't wow with his production in 2013, but he still remains a top NFL prospect.|
Jadeveon Clowney barely merited mention in a review of the 10 biggest plays of the season for a 10-2 South Carolina team compiled by thestate.com, which covers the Gamecocks. The junior's absence from the list illustrates what was a frustrating and underproductive season for the star defensive end who is expected to declare early draft eligibility in the coming weeks and eventually be a high first-round pick.
Clowney's only presence in the top 10 ranked No. 8, for an overtime play during South Carolina's win over Missouri:
"The Gamecocks had come back from a 17-0 fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime at Missouri, and then another overtime. After Fry delivered a go-ahead field goal, the Tigers' Marcus Murphy jetted 17 yards to the USC 8. On third-and-goal, Jadeveon Clowney flushed Maty Mauk from the pocket, and Mauk ran left. Seeing nothing but a wall of white, Mauk stepped out-of-bounds before Legree and/or Brison Williams could de-cleat him. The Tigers had to settle for a field goal to force a third overtime, a 24-yarder."
Clowney's sack total droped from 13.5 to three from his sophomore to junior seasons, prompting no doubts about his prolific physical skills, but begetting season-long questions about his mental makeup. The nation's most highly-regarded defensive player entering the season, Clowney's lack of production is of no great concern to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.
Teams that could be interested in drafting Clowney early in the first round include the Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All of those are on track for a top-10 pick, and each has a need at defensive end, according to Jeremiah.
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